Jay Ungar & Molly Mason

Jay Ungar and Molly Mason Return to Hartwick’s Pine Lake May 5

April 18, 2012

Renowned musicians Jay Ungar and Molly Mason will perform a special concert at 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 5 at Hartwick College's Pine Lake Campus. The event will be held in the Vaudevillian, and will be followed by a contra and square dance with caller Pine Lake Manager of Operations Peter Blue. The event is free to Hartwick students. The public is invited to attend, and donations will be accepted.

Jay Ungar and Molly Mason are exceptional musicians who have appeared on "A Prairie Home Companion," from their own live radio program "Dancing on the Air" on WAMC in Albany, from film soundtracks such as "Legends of the Fall" and "Brother's Keeper". Millions were entranced by the music they did for Ken Burns' PBS documentary on the Civil War, which features Ungar's "Ashokan Farewell" as its signature tune.

Their performance of this haunting composition earned the couple international acclaim. The soundtrack won a Grammy, and "Ashokan Farewell" was nominated for an Emmy. The simple but powerful tune was originally inspired by the week-long Fiddle & Dance Camps that Ungar and Mason run in the Catskills for musicians and lovers of traditional American music and dance.

But Ashokan Farewell is only part of the story. Since joining forces in the late 1970s, Jay and Molly have become one of the most celebrated duos on the American acoustic music scene. With their comfortable sense of fun and their love of the music, they make each concert a musical journey - sometimes spanning two continents and two centuries. Their incomparable warmth and wit - coupled with consummate musicianship - have delighted audiences worldwide.

Listen to the timeless renditions of hard-driving Appalachian, Cajun and Celtic fiddle tunes, stirring Civil War classics, sassy songs from the golden age of swing and country, stunning waltzes, and deeply moving original compositions. It's immediately apparent why Jay and Molly concerts warm the heart, feed the soul, and appeal to all ages. If you love American roots music, a Jay Ungar & Molly Mason concert is a must. No wonder they continue to receive widespread critical praise.

Blue has been calling and playing at dances for more than 30 years, and is known for his humor and easy teaching style. All dances will be taught; no partner or experience is necessary. The event is sponsored by Pine Lake and the Hartwick College Student Senate.

For more information, contact Blue at 607-278-5211. Pine Lake is located at 1894 Charlotte Creek Road, Oneonta; near Davenport Center.

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Hartwick College is a private liberal arts and sciences college of 1,500 students, located in Oneonta, NY, in the northern foothills of the Catskill Mountains. Hartwick's expansive curriculum emphasizes a uniquely experiential approach to the liberal arts. Through personalized teaching, collaborative research, a unique January Term, a wide range of internships, and vast study-abroad opportunities, Hartwick ensures that students are prepared for the world ahead. A Three-Year Bachelor's Degree Program and strong financial aid and scholarship offerings keep a Hartwick education affordable

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